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The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)

R | | Drama | 17 August 1979 (USA)
Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well... See full summary »

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Jerry Schatzberg

Writer:

Alan Alda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Joe Tynan
Barbara Harris ... Ellie
Meryl Streep ... Karen Traynor
Rip Torn ... Senator Kittner
Melvyn Douglas ... Senator Birney
Charles Kimbrough ... Francis
Carrie Nye Carrie Nye ... Aldena Kittner
Michael Higgins ... Senator Pardew
Blanche Baker ... Janet
Maureen Anderman Maureen Anderman ... Joe's Secretary
Chris Arnold Chris Arnold ... Jerry
John Badila John Badila ... Reporter on TV screen
Robert Christian Robert Christian ... Arthur Briggs
Maurice Copeland Maurice Copeland ... Mr. Edward Anderson
Lu Elrod ... Congresswoman at Party
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Storyline

Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. But it could be a big boost to his career, so he takes it on. Helping him prepare the case is pretty southern researcher Karen Traynor, and their developing relationship further complicates and compromises his life. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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There are many ways to be seduced. Fame. Power. Love. Joe Tynan knows them all. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA) See more »

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The Senator See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film features a character called Senator Birney who was played by veteran actor Melvyn Douglas. In the 2016 US Presidential Race, Senator Bernie Sanders ran in the Democrat Primaries for US President but lost out to former FLOTUS, US Senator and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. See more »

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My brief review of the film
10 July 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

Awfully familiar stuff about persons who take pride in the career over their family and power corrupting, the film is however quite well acted, which brings it above par of its type. Alan Alda and Meryl Streep are both excellent, and although Melvyn Douglas won an Oscar in the same year as this film for 'Being There', he deserves it more here. The acting bridges on being melodramatic from the rest of the cast, but it is hard not to call this a well acted film with those three great performances. There is also some insight into American politics, but the film does assume a bit more than just a basic understanding already, and therefore there is a chance that viewers not familiar with American politics will wind up confused. The music choices are rather poor, and there is one very silly sequence put to square dancing music. Overall though, this is a reasonable film. It does have its flaws, but it has excellent acting to compensate. It might not show anything new or explain everything well, but it is certainly adequate entertainment for its running time.


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